Interior ministry allows 27 investigations to be launched into İmamoğlu

Duvar English

Turkish Interior Ministry has allowed a total of 27 investigations to be launched into Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu over a number of allegations belonging to his term as a the mayor of the city’s Beylikdüzü district.

According to a statement released from Istanbul Municipality, the investigations into İmamoğlu, who is from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), encompass the years between 2012 and 2019.

“A total of 10,451 transactions on tens of thousands of documents were investigated by an inspector and a delegation consisting of 16 to 20 people,” the municipality said on May 13, adding that one of the probes concern a period that İmamoğlu was not on duty.

Before being elected Istanbul mayor, İmamoğlu was the mayor of Beylikdüzü between 2014 and 2019. He gained the majority of votes against the candidate of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on March 31, 2019 local elections, but the elections were ruled to be repeated by the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK).

On May 6, 2019 his authority of mayorship was stripped, but he received it back after gaining a decisive victory in the rerun elections on June 23, 2019.

According to the municipality, the inspectors and the delegation was sent to Beylikdüzü Municipality on May 6, 2019 by the Interior Ministry.

It also said that the inspector was a candidate from the AKP during the 2015 general elections.

“After intensive works on tens of thousands of documents, 27 cases were forcibly found. Two of the probes were launched over zoning issues and the rest were over processes related to tenders,” it said.

Saying that the investigation permit lacks legal basis, the municipality noted that İmamoğlu filed a complaint against the decision to the Council of State.

from Duvar English

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The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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